Bill McCormick, S.J., is a contributing editor at America and a visiting assistant professor at Saint Louis University in the departments of political science and philosophy.

 Pope Francis greets a woman and child during a July 8, 2019, Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican commemorating the sixth anniversary of his visit to the southern Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. (CNS Photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Faith in Focus
Bill McCormick, S.J.March 13, 2020
Many admire Francis. But has his teaching affected them? The evidence is mixed.
Arts & Culture Books
Bill McCormick, S.J.December 27, 2019
Seeing Pope Francis as spiritual director means seeing that the pope takes himself less seriously than do his critics and defenders.
Faith Faith and Reason
Bill McCormick, S.J.November 25, 2019
The recent writings of New York Times columnist Ross Douthat are calling political conservatives to a needed greater humility.
Faith Features
Bill McCormick, S.J.September 04, 2019
The former political advisor to Donald Trump shares the view of Pope Francis that Europe is spiritually sick, writes Bill McCormick. But Mr. Bannon’s divisive ideas have only the veneer of Christianity.
Bishop Robert Barron and Jordan Peterson
Faith Short Take
Bill McCormick, S.J.August 02, 2019
If we stop criticizing them and listen.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Bill McCormick, S.J.April 19, 2019
Father Schall was often described as a contrarian, but he had his mind set on the "essential and ultimate" questions.
Faith Interviews
Bill McCormick, S.J.February 19, 2019
The engagement with intersectionality by moral theologians continues the historical process by which the tradition has always learned from ways of knowing outside of itself.
Faith Dispatches
Bill McCormick, S.J.October 26, 2018
New calls for greater synodality—and the inclusion of many more voices than just bishops—may complicate the role of collegiality in church governance.
Jeff Gilbert / Alamy Stock Photo
Arts & Culture Ideas
Bill McCormick, S.J.October 26, 2018
Peterson urges his followers to seek deep meaning rather than superficial happiness. But can he create a community?
Cardinals attend the Good Friday service led by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, March 30, 2018. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Short Take
Bill McCormick, S.J.October 03, 2018
It was only a matter of time before lay people would take it upon themselves to investigate church scandals.